ORS 260.054¹
Campaign account

(1) Each political committee shall establish a single exclusive campaign account in a financial institution, as defined in ORS 706.008 (Additional definitions for Bank Act). The financial institution must be located in this state and must ordinarily conduct business with the general public in this state.

(2) A political committee shall maintain the campaign account in the financial institution in the name of the political committee. For purposes of this subsection, acronyms may not be used in the name of the political committee.

(3) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, all expenditures made by the political committee shall be drawn from the campaign account and:

(a) Issued on a check signed by the candidate on whose behalf the account is established, by the treasurer of the political committee or by an individual designated by the candidate; or

(b) Paid using a debit card or other form of electronic transaction.

(4) Subsection (3) of this section does not prohibit a person from making a cash or other expenditure on behalf of the political committee and receiving reimbursement from the campaign account.

(5) A contribution received by a candidate or the treasurer of a political committee, directly or indirectly, shall be deposited into the campaign account not later than seven calendar days after the date the contribution is received. This subsection does not apply to in-kind contributions received by a candidate or political committee.

(6) This section does not prohibit the transfer of any amount deposited in the campaign account into a certificate of deposit, stock fund or other investment instrument.

(7) The campaign account may not include any private moneys, other than contributions received by the political committee.

(8) A political committee shall retain a copy of each financial institution account statement from the campaign account described in this section for not less than two years after the date the statement is issued by the financial institution.

(9) Subsections (1) to (8) of this section do not apply to candidates described in ORS 260.043 (Exemptions for candidate who expects neither contributions nor expenditures to exceed $300). [2005 c.809 §3; 2007 c.570 §8]

Notes of Decisions

Disclosure require­ments, specifically with respect to third parties, do not infringe on right to associate for po­lit­i­cal purposes and are constitu­tional. Oregon Socialist Workers v. Paulus, 432 F Supp 1255 (1977)

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Notes of Decisions

Challenge to ballot title on basis it did not conform to ORS 310.315 is within jurisdic­tion of Tax Court. Gugler v. Baker School Dist. 5-J, 12 OTR 162 (1992)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applica­tion to committee collecting contribu­tions to es­tab­lish fund to defray elected official's expenses incurred in performing po­lit­i­cal func­tions of office, (1980) Vol 40, p 11; preemp­tion by federal law of campaign financing with respect to federal candidates, (1981) Vol 41, p 420

Law Review Cita­tions

50 OLR 299-321 (1971); 55 OLR 253-266 (1976)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 260—Campaign Finance Regulation; Election Offenses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors260.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 260, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­260ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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